Monday, 24 August 2015

First time for everything

One of the biggest time waster ways to get your creative juices flowing is to go on Pinterest. At least that's where I think I watched a video on how to create a swirl soap. The lady in the video called it TP swirl because she used a toilet paper roll. I think I'm going to call it the poor person funnel soap, sounds a bit better, don't you think?

As per usual, I watched the video and let some time lapse before I made the actual soap, so was doing it from memory. Seeing how I'm not an elephant, my memory usually betrays me, and I think it did this time as well.

It started off really pretty

And even after 3 (or is it 4?) pours, it was still going well.

At some point, was I supposed to start lifting the roll up? I couldn't remember (not an elephant right? But elephants don't have opposable thumbs, so advantage, me).

By the time most of the soap had been poured, it still looked pretty good

But upon drying, it lacked something.

Darn soap, why do you have to dry and look less pretty?

The bottom however, looks fantastic.

Scented with CC's Morning Rain and Strawberry Smoothie
I still didn't like the top, so I melted some more soap, put in some glitter (because glitter makes everything better) and added another layer to smooth out the top.

Needs more glitter but looks better than it did.

Next week, I'll show how it looks cut.

Have a great week!

Monday, 17 August 2015

Looking for balance

Not in my life, I mean who doesn't love chaos in their lives? :P No, I thought I'd try and make a stylized yin yang style soap, but still allowed me artistic license. (Okay just a warning, this is a long post, so grab your beverage of choice, I'd suggest something alcoholic this time, and sit back).

It took me four tries to get to this one, but like anything else, practice makes perfect, or at least let's one try and get things into 3D what is in one's head.

Attempt #1
I had poured the two circular moulds and cut them in half. Unfortunately, it didn't cut evenly and so the sides didn't fit together well.

If I could've left the dots of colour as they were, it'd have been cool.
Can't tell from this photo, but those are fuchsia and blue colour drops.
But the moment you add melted soap, the whole thing disperses
Hubby liked this one the most but since it wasn't what I was going for, I didn't like it.
which is nice, but not the look I was going for.

I could've sworn I cleaned the moulds!

Attempt #2
Using the other half of the circles to again create the base (and again, who didn't clean that mould?)

This time, I created the little "dots", but because I didn't have a small enough mould or cutout, I used squares instead. And because I'm going off on a tangent, I did them in other colours.

Clear layer is obviously not that clear, but it was good for experimenting.

Attempt #3
Didn't even make it out of the mould, so no picture.

Attempt #4

It finally worked, more or less. This time, I filled the mould completely with one colour, let it set, then cut it in half. I put it back in the mould and poured in the second colour. This also made it easier to ensure the two sides were filled to the same height. Meanwhile, I made the dots using my contact lens holders. Once the main part was firm enough, I put the dots in and filled it to the top with clear.

You all seem to make amazingly beautiful soaps. How do you manage not to have a gazillion failed attempts? If you have failed once or twice (because I like to think you have to make me feel better) how many re-attempts have you made to get what you want?

Have a great week!

Monday, 10 August 2015

A Puzzle

Embedding is a hit and miss endeavour for me, kinda like cooking. Some days, it's great, other days, I really should quit while I'm ahead. But that would involve learning my lesson, which I never do.

I really like the puzzle mould, but it seems lonely on its own. I could package it with 3 or 5 other pieces to make an even set, but the ones I had made in the past, the colours ran together and looked bizarre. This time, I decided to embed a puzzle piece instead. It used to be that the symbol for autism was a puzzle piece (since I made this, I found through Google that it's been changed), so I put an "A" on the puzzle piece to signify autism.

However, since autism is not wanting a puzzle to be the symbol, let's just consider this "A" for awesome. We are all a piece of a large puzzle (some people are more puzzling than others) and we're all quite awesome and amazing in our own way.

In the meanwhile, I keep working on embedding.

Scented with chai FO.

What's on your list of skills to perfect? Have a great week.

Oh, and next week I will do my giveaway, so if you haven't already done so, please leave me a comment on this post or last week's, just so I know you're alive.

Monday, 3 August 2015

Baby shower

I got an email the other day, which surprised the heck out of me. I'd have been even more surprised if it was Publisher's Clearing House saying they were stopping by with a cheque for a million dollars, but the chances of that happening are less than being hit by an asteroid while sitting here typing out this post.

No, the email was from someone who wanted to order some soaps for a baby shower. She wanted them by August 9 and asked if I could make them in time. But of course I said, praying to the internet gods that Canada Post would play nice. By my estimation, it would.

She wanted the ABC soaps, and I had some made already, so I only had to make 6 more (7 in the end because I either miscounted or one grew feet and walked off). I didn't ask the gender of the baby and tried to go for gender neutral colours. Okay the pink isn't gender neutral, but it was a nice complement to the other two colours.

Scented with Exotic Fruit Smoothie, yum!

One of the ones that was already made.

Have a great week everyone!

Monday, 27 July 2015

The giveaway

Wow, how long has it been since I posted? I had a wonderful visit, as always, with my sister (on a side note, if you're not following her blog already, you should, she has the cutest illustrations) and her family during their annual visit here. The weather was amazing and it's fun to play tourist in your own city, especially when the dollar is making cross border shopping a less than pleasurable experience.

In Deep Cove, Vancouver, BC

I had said that when I reached 200 likes on Facebook, I would have a giveaway. Well, thanks to all you wonderful people, I have 208 likes now. So here's my gift to say thank you.

Clockwise from top left:  heart shaped coffee soaps, summer soap, watermelon soap and carrot eraser embed.
For a chance to receive these soaps, all packaged in a lovely bag from Under the Willow Soaps (because who doesn't want to share and recycle? Plus, it saves me from having to figure out packaging), please like, share or comment on this post. Mostly, just pardon all my parentheses and ramblings as some of you have been so kindly doing over the years.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Happy belated Father's Day!

Seems that's the way I celebrate almost everything, late. Good thing my family doesn't have high expectations of me.

I was inspired by Silvia's post for Father's Day to make blue soap. I used a Soapylove design of squares and two shades of blue to create a more masculine soap. I made 8 soaps in an 8 bar pan and not one of them turned out the way I wanted. Undaunted, I proceeded to make two more individual soaps and they still didn't turn out. Some days, you just need to back slowly away from the soaping table and wave the white flag. Which I did, until the following day.

This time, it turned out much better. Not completely square, but slightly off kilter, much like my personality. However, at least the embeds turned out and the blues are contrasted nicely by the brown.

I hope you all had a wonderful day celebrating with your dads/husbands/and whatever other men who are important in your life. Although it'll be a late gift, guess what my dad is getting for father's day? Yes, 8 bars of not so attractive soaps. :D But they smell amazing.

Not sure how it happened really, but obviously the white seeped in under the embed. But it smells fantastic, scented with Beau Brummel.

Monday, 15 June 2015

So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Adieu

This is something I've never experienced before, people leaving en masse at work. Apparently it's quite commonplace at schools, but this is my first time at a job like this, so it was a bit of a surprise to find out I won't necessarily be seeing the same people next year.

As my parting gift to them, I decided to make, well what else? Soap. The mascot for this school is the dragon, and so I used the dragon mould to make the soaps. The school colours are green and blue, and the initials are A.B. Normally, the logo is such that the dragon is stretched across the initials but you can still see the A.B. clearly, but since this dragon mould has other ideas, I improvised. I made the initials in the school colours (or close to them) and put the dragon on an ultramarine blue background so it'd really pop. This also gave the initials (on the backside) to stand out more.

So this is my soap to honour their time with the school. Scented with Crafter's Choice Ginger Peach FO, it should be a nice scent for both the men and women who are off to find new opportunities.